judgment call


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judgment call

Usage notes: slang
a decision based on experience, especially a judgment that resolves a serious problem in which the data are inconclusive or equivocal.
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This assignment challenges the reader to compare ideas, assess the value of theories, make judgment calls based on the value of evidence, and recognize subjectivity, which are all taken from Bloom's evaluation stage of learning.
There are numerous tables and formulas to assist us in this process, but in the end, the CPA must make a judgment call about what would be considered by the "average Joe" to be misleading in a set of financial statement.
It's a judgment call, but most newsletter marketers have found that sending "a sample issue and an order form" isn't enough.
Whether that constitutes a "crisis" is a judgment call.
She is right to point out that deconstruction entered architecture in the '80s in a way that reinforced rather than destabilized gender hierarchies, but her sweeping judgment call overlooks deconstructive methods that have been so central to feminist practices, evident in nearly every contribution to The Architect.
Hence, the examining pathologist must make a judgment call.
Obviously, it's a judgment call that depends on the people you're managing and the situation.
Anyway, now that we've made it clear that what's reasonable is a judgment call on constitutional law by the arresting officer (who should not have to explain it verbally while making a bust, like Miranda), I think we've laid to rest the vagueness.
Jimmy Bill wrote: "To be fair, it sounds like the man was just unlucky, I find it hard to believe that the police terrorise juice drinkers on a daily basis - they have probably made a judgment call and got it wrong.
Obviously, we are hoping to play him in some part of the game and really make a final judgment call at that stage.
Penalties, bookings and fouls all require a judgment call.
The MP for Mid Worcestershire reminded readers in a frank interview that he nominated David Cameron for the party leadership back in 2005, calling it "the best judgment call I have made as an MP".